Sydney... Living the Handmade Life

Welcome to the first edition of “Worldwide Stitch”. Each month we’ll be visiting a new city to check out all the beautiful handmade creations of local designers. We hope you enjoy this opportunity to meet some of your stitchy sisters in all parts of the globe! Today we’re heading down to Sydney and surrounds…

Worldwide Stitch - A Handmade Project

Special thanks to Melanie from Billycart Markets for her input on this post. All of the lovely handmade artists featured below will be making an appearance at the next Billycart Markets to be held on 26th June at Lakes Parish Hall, Narrabeen. Please scroll down to read more about Melanie’s Sydney, and why she loves it so!

Sydney Handmade Kid's Clothing and Accessories

Sydney Handmade Kids Clothes, Toys and Art

Milly Molly Mandy – Owl Mobile. Created by Shannon Marshal, mum to Levi and Amalia. She works from both her office and her dining room table and has ribbons, fabrics and buttons on hand wherever she goes! Her collection also includes a range of furnishings, toys, bunting and blankets.

Imaginart – Little Bird Print. Created by Lisa, stay at home mum to two cheeky little girls and wife to one super IT geek! Lisa hand paints original canvas artworks for children, and creates divine prints using archival pigment inks and paper.

Little Rose – The Chloe Skirt. Created by designer Mayka, Mum to daughter Rose. Mayka’s designs combine both Australian and Dutch influences, and are made from unique fabrics and vintage ribbons sourced both locally and from overseas.

Sweet & Flour – Pirate Cookies. Created by Carol, mum to three and cake icing extraordinaire. Carol’s treats include cakes, cupcakes, cookies and gifts. She also accepts custom orders. All of Carol’s baked goods and are handmade and completely preservative and chemical free.

Moosey – Boutique Baby Food. Created by Jaye and Sonia, mums to Thomas and Henry, Moosey is a range of homemade, healthy and nutritious baby food that is prepared to your individual order and home delivered. Suitable for babies from 4months +.

Coco’s Closet – Inspirez Bunting. Created from recycled books and hand drawn characters by Kristie Banham, mum to Rourke and Mackenzie. Kristie’s store is located in the coastal town of Forster in NSW where she sells her own creations along with other indie goodies.

Quirky Kids – Autumn Falls Quilt Cover. Created by Natalie, work at home mum of two crazy girls. Natalie hand makes a range of unique room decor which can be personalised to suit your child. Her range also includes height charts, wooden letters, jarmies and jigsaws.

Life’s a Stitch – Yummy Felt Biscuits. Created by sisters Sarah and Julia, both mums to little boys and lovers of fabrics, sewing and crafts. All items in the range are handmade in the Blue Mountains. The collection is called “Material Munchies”… felt play food for kids.

Marianne’s Sweet Delights – Cupcake Pops. Created by Marianne, a mother and teacher who loves sharing her passion for art with her children and students. All of Marianne’s creations are baked from scratch in her kitchen. Bite sized fun for all ages… YUM!

C Percy Designs – Skater Boy Beanie. Created by Christine Percy, mum to 3 cheeky monkeys and wife to the ever patient Brett. All of Christine’s products are 100% handmade from Australian wool or cotton. Her collection also includes dolls clothes and accessories.

Selkie Smith Design – Yorkiepie Bag. Created by Melinda who lives in the the Blue Mountains with her husband and daughter. Mel recently collaborated with Saffron Craig Fabrics to design 7 bags for the “Forest Elements” collection. The gorgeous model is Saffron’s daughter Sequoia.

Calamity Bolt – Hobby Horse. Created by talented mum Elke, and her woodworking hubby from authentic vintage and reclaimed fabrics and sustainable pine. Some of Elke’s fabrics even once belonged to her Grandma. Her collection also includes upcycled hair accessories.

Handmade in Sydney

They say that Sydney is one of the most expensive places to live in the world! Perhaps it is,  but it’s also one of the most beautiful. I’m lucky to live by the beach, so I get to appreciate everything Sydney has to offer. As a family we love to go and grab a coffee at Bachino at Dee Why Beach and watch the world go by. Sydney life is busy but there’s so much to do. Eat yum cha at Manly Wharf and watch the ferries, ride our bikes around the lake, or Daddy’s favourite ; sit next to the runway at Sydney Airport and watch the A380 take off!

Welcome to the home of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Where Australian surfing was born, where people can catch a ferry to work on a beautiful summers day, and the only place where people swim at the beach in the middle of winter, simply because they can…

Are you interested in curating a worldwide stitch post from your local city? We’d love to hear from you, please email us for details.


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